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This Was Never Home

This album features a synth/programming approach relying on melody, harmonies and rhythm while blasting the current state of entertainment media. Speech, 1 Love & Tasha LaRae give scathing views on the medias assault on our world while offering solutions for our collective future. Super producer Khao Cates, Daunta, Cymatiks, JJ Boogie and Speech provide production. Special guests include: Khao Cates, Daunta, Toya and Nana Binghi. The album title (TWNH) refers to the unique historical circumstances of the African-American relative to all other Americans and the unique solutions. The album artwork again by: Baron Walton (From album one to two - the art tells a total story) Mixes by: Leslie Braithwaite (Outkast & Pharrell), JJ Boogie, Matthew Weiss and Daunta.


Act A Fool (ft. Khao Cates)

I’m Bout to act a fool in this thang boy/I’m Bout to act a fool in this thang boy/I’m Bout to cut up in this thang boy/I’m Bout to act a fool in this thang boy

(Khao)

I’m bout to act a fool in this thang/Like a little kid in the store go/When you say no. And they throw fits/Start screaming at the top of his/
Is somebody gonna whop that kid/Like wait/Or even like the old lady siting in the church on the front row/when the choir blow she get hype though/Dancing in the middle of the aisle 

See her shoulders go/man she got the holly ghost/Can I get a little bit of air/Can I get a chair ventilation hot in here./Between the beat/ banging/And the people hands in the air./It's a celebration we don't really care who stares/Take a look with looking self/Everything seemed to be right but I took a left./Without deviating from the norm there's no progress./got em going crazy from the burbs to the projects./In my own zone got my own people with me./See the rhythms out to get me/and the bass finally hit me./We ignoring all the critics you can't do it like we did it./See I'm on another planet come and see like I'm Riddick/When the beat starts hittin/What you getting is a feeling/That's appealing make you get put your hands up to the ceiling/Like a stick up give me everything/You got until you tired/Leave it all on the floor start a riot get excited

Chorus:

Hip Hop ain’t dead, just kinda stale gotta nice little smell to it/i’ma disinfect this on the records fresh air/inhale exhale to it/what i wanna see on the count of 3 is all my real people that’s/in here yes/forget about the troubles of the world for a minute just get/caught up in the music and release that stress/I’m Bout to act a fool in this thang boy (throw a tantrum on em)/I’m Bout to act a fool in this thang boy (throw a tantrum on em)/I’m Bout to cut up in this thang boy (throw a tantrum on em)/I’m Bout to act a fool in this thang boy (throw a tantrum on em)/Now cut up, cut up, cut up, cut up/I cut up, cut up, cut up, cut up/I cut up, cut up, cut up, cut up/I cut up, cut up, cut up, cut up

(Speech)

A yo I tried to Switch it up but I just ended up Debarge-ing it/This topic may be a small pond and I may be a fish too large in it./& this track ain't no Garage band/But i’ma sho try & Park my car in it/Take it to the TJ Maxx and Walmart/The audience that it's Targeting hey/A conscious dude that wants his people to become free/I’m conscious of you/but you ain’t conscious of me./Yet we both here to get some release/ and just cuz I don’t rap about arms don’t mean nothings up my sleeves/ & I’d be such a fool by not talking to you/and a fool is not what I be./Yet I act one, on the dance floor, meaning a packed one, where others can’t see./and I’m looking around seeing clown after clown, I refuse to get Homey./But if them clowns make you happy/that means your inner child is just out for now./You follow stereotypes like a girl dat writes for an audio magazine./Ok. I'm just gone get silly!/act a fool, go berserk, do me!/if you're wit me, then eventually we'll essentially get to meet/and after 4 or after 5 we’ll go to eat/the sun a rise but the moon will stay, they both will greet!/Then the sun will ultimately bring the heat!/(New day) And we was in a club thats filled with wanna be strippers - that don’t strip,/they inner freak - is in the drivers seat, dey all buckled up but they don’t trip/ And the dudes that's looking dey don't tip. No rain, no/puddles, no oceans/let’s bring it in huddle let’s toast in/a new day ok, i’m closing
thats it.

Chorus:

Hip Hop ain’t dead/just kinda stale gotta nice little smell to it/i’ma disinfect this on the records fresh air/inhale exhale to it/what i wanna see on the count of 3 is all my real people that’s/in here yes/forget about the troubles of the world for a minute just get/caught up in the music and release that stress/I’m Bout to act a fool in this thang boy (throw a tantrum on em)/I’m Bout to act a fool in this thang boy (throw a tantrum on em)/I’m Bout to cut up in this thang boy (throw a tantrum on em)/I’m Bout to act a fool in this thang boy (throw a tantrum on em)/Now cut up, cut up, cut up, cut up/I cut up, cut up, cut up, cut up/I cut up, cut up, cut up, cut up/I cut up, cut up, cut up, cut up

So there you have it Khao/Speech Arrested Development/whew/D focus I see ya hey/lets take this to the max/
I’m bout to act a fool in this thang.


Each Generation (ft. Nana Binghi)

They upon a mission/This generation/we all have our race to run/but run we must/forward ever backwards never

Chorus:

Each Generation must have their own revolution/you can’t create one for me and I can’t create one for you and/we gotta move onward at the pace of love/let truth be your fighters, let peace be your guns/we gotta move onward at the pace of love/let truth be your fighters, let peace be your guns/we all have our own race to run

(Speech)

Fight the powers that be then start a movement/change will never come free but you can do it/with every single change comes some improvement/what first seems strange soon becomes coolness/innocent as doves but don’t forget the shrewdness/don’t forget the marches the riots and all the students/occupy wall street the huge CONY movement/a black president, what’s next? A woman too coming through hey

Chorus:

Each Generation must have their own revolution/you can’t create one for me and I can’t create one for you and/we gotta move onward at the pace of love/let truth be your fighters, let peace be your guns/we all have our own race to run

We steamed gun reform cuz of the children/the world chose prayer it over powered the villains/the love that was shared it over powered the violence/voice of the people it over powered the silence/the bush master cannot kill our passion/the killer is dead but the kids are everlasting/the past generations provided the opportunity/but this generation is fighting for race unity/one day!

Chorus:

Each Generation must have their own revolution/you can’t create one for me and I can’t create one for you and/we gotta move onward at the pace of love/let truth be your fighters, let peace be your guns/we gotta move onward at the pace of love/let truth be your fighters, let peace be your guns/we all have our own race to run

ooooo ooooh ooooo ooooh


Ego

Chorus:

I am cold to the bone/so I’m gonna be alone/you say that its always about i/love is joy love is pain/i will always be the same/you say that it’s always about i/I am cold to the bone/so I’m gonna be alone/you say that its always about i/love is joy love is pain/i will always be the same/ you say that it’s always about i

what was your expectations, during the show you/told the mercy girl that you was gone sleep with the/lead singer tonight…thats I. You squirmed through/the crowd, eyes on the front stage. Odds are pretty/slim, theres a ton of slim pretties at the stage/already. dudes trying to holler you want silence/because they petty and you see yourself as a/Porsche and not a Chevy. You was the one chosen/by security - you ready? now were tangled up like/noodles in plates of spaghetti. And I’m leaving in/the morning, emotions are like a levy and Katrina’s/bout to blow you/bus leaving don’t know whats about to haunt you?/Next city i gotta go to and you can’t go to. Empty/holes looking to be filled were you a go to? And was/I just your go to too? I think that’s truth. But you/thought Love had spoken, I though it was mute./Not to dispute your truth at that point I left.

Chorus:

I am cold to the bone/so I’m gonna be alone/you say that its always about i/love is joy love is pain/i will always be the same/you say that it’s always about i

When I’m thinking about you, what we shared and/how it was cool and how we dared to be the fools/and just simply jump in the pool. Am i thinking/about me really? Thinking about the way you made/me feel like a King really? I know it seems silly but/things could have went arie easily. But it didn’t that/night so Im a guy reasoning. That i’ve been saved/from a disease or from an unnamed baby, am i/missing it? This repeats in every single city am i listening?

Chorus:

I am cold to the bone/so I’m gonna be alone/you say that its always about i/love is joy love is pain/i will always be the same/you say that it’s always about i

Post Chorus:

You and I/you and me/you and i/I/You and I/you and me/you and i/I

Chorus:

I am cold to the bone/so I’m gonna be alone/you say that its always about i/love is joy love is pain/i will always be the same/you say that it’s always got to be about i/I I I my ego and I


Follow That

This is for the family reunions

Chorus:

You got me feeling some way/and I wanna follow that/I wanna follow that/You got me feeling some way/and I wanna follow that/I wanna follow that

Bare with me/I’m going to talk about our families and really not/diss em/instead ima kiss em and give it up for em lift em/cuz most of what were giving has been given/Cuz our fam is who we am/whether it be trying to not be like them/in my case I’m trying to add some more limbs to/the tree of love they already have planted/my momma such a five star-er./educated Black woman, living out her power/community activist, passionate feminine fabulous/dressing in the name brand emblems/my daddy riding his caddy entrepreneur driving/them red necks batty/tall dark man making money in the sixties with a/high yellow wife telling haters y’all kiss these!/I reversed it, dark black wife with a high yellow me/ steady preaching in the churches/screaming revolution and living with a purpose i/owe it to all of y’all cuz y’all was first with it

Chorus:

You got me feeling some way/and I wanna follow that/I wanna follow that/You got me feeling some way/and I wanna follow that/I wanna follow that

They moved out the suburbs to live good but they/kept they businesses in the hood/living better while understanding they’re equal,/ circulating their money back to the black people/MLK got shot by a White cat/I was born that year the empire strikes back/I would now be a baby with a riot in me/wrote the song revolution in 93. Or was it 92?

Black conscious chart topping in 92/91 is when the group would fist break thru/now it’s 2016 still thirsty legacy continues for/people that’s searching/seeds dropped along the way, they’re still earthing/travel the globe see new sightings new birthing/looking back and back tracking the first things/the whole groin back in mommas basement/rehearsing do it!

Chorus:

You got me feeling some way/and I wanna follow that/I wanna follow that/You got me feeling some way/and I wanna follow that/I wanna follow that

(Tasha Bridge)

What you started I like how it feels/& I wanna follow that/said I wanna follow that/What you started I like how it feels/& I wanna follow that/said I wanna follow that

Chorus:

You got me feeling some way/and I wanna follow that/I wanna follow that/You got me feeling some way/and I wanna follow that/
I wanna follow that


Front To The Back

(Talking)

Ok…enough all the people get off the bars and get off the walls. Everybody in the place get on the dance floor. Who am I talking to?

Chorus:

All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/Get on up/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/Get on up

(Speech)

The carnal, the temporal, the leud, the lustful and/the physical/the embrace the warmth the mystical./The truth the/lie both sensational./With all there’s a ratio, hope for days that we’re/transformed. Got a new form/new born were hands off and He’s hands on./Meeting our destiny no longer/in the sand storm./Escape is a mirage, just time passing in vain./Our times passing away/our principles hide in the tall grass. I want to believe/in a profound truth,/I yearn inside to be from deep love. I reach my/hands out to the bright lights/I’m searching for people to be a part of.

Chorus:

All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/Get on up/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/Get on up

(1 Love Verse)

I CHASE OUT THE BLUES, WIT A WAVE OF MY HAND/THEY CALL MY CANNON, BUT THIS AINT THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS/ UNDERSTANDING THE PLAN IS TO MAKE YOU DANCE/THROW UP YOUR HANDS/TIL THE SWEAT WET YOUR PANTS/GET THEM TROUBLES OFF YOUR MIND BABY/ADVANCE TO THE DANCE FLOOR/BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE CLUB LET YOUR MAN KNOW/ITS 1LOVE WIT A FLOW, LET A FRIEND KNOW/ ROCK FROM THE WALL TO THE WINDOW/SPEECH WHAT YOU WANT

(Speech Verse)

I wanna feel high I want to feel crazy/Want to make new paths to make my life amazing/I wanna meet new people on occasion/and with the smoke and the lights it’s like I'm flying/I long to believe in a profound truth/I yearn inside to be from deep love/I reach my hands out to the bright lights I’m searching for people to be a part of.

Chorus:

All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/Get on up/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/Get on up

There is so much more than just meets the eye in this club tonight

Chorus: All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/Get on up/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/All the people to the front to the back/Get on up


The Harvest Is Here

Sometimes right before your eyes are wonderful things/that you would often take for granted cuz you see it/everyday and planned for it to be there/I get on my knees and laugh with God cuz what are/the odds of my depression being just a facade? looking for/happiness when it’s already there/in my life right now/living in the now/being just a child/I gotta understand life is just hand that is dealt/what we do with it really tells/if we’re ready to take it to the next level

Now were gonna live/now were gonna work it out/the pain is now over and the harvest is here/Now were gonna live/now were gonna work it out/the pain is now over and the harvest is here/la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la/The harvest is here

Round and round we go we go/never know where we’re going at the time/so disoriented and sublime/and my mind can’t get on solid ground/ it feels like I’m spinning down/a spiral going towards the ground/and whats so profound is that God’s really in control/so I can more slow/ releasing all the woes/it’s Him that I have chosen to be my king/so let him do his thing/although it may not coincide with my time table

Now were gonna live/now were gonna work it out/the pain is now over and the harvest is here/Now were gonna live/now were gonna work it out/the pain is now over and the harvest is here/Now were gonna live/now were gonna work it out/the pain is now over and the harvest is here/Now were gonna live/now were gonna work it out/the pain is now over and the harvest is here/la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la/The harvest is here

Now were gonna live/now were gonna work it out/the pain is now over and the harvest is here/Now were gonna live/now were gonna work it out/the pain is now over and the harvest is here


In Line

She said, spend some time talking to the youth/that’s not in the church and those that’s not college educated./Go on a fact finding mission in a rough/low income neighborhood and ask em all which/thing motivates em? Is it riches or is it diamonds/or is it love? Is it fame or is it all of the above?/And if it is love what is it the love of?/I wanna know what….I wanna know what?

Bridge

Because it seems that everybody’s happy/being fed what they’re fed they’re filled with being empty./And it seems that nobody’s rebelling. Everybody’s in line./In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line Hey

Chorus:

In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line

The radio programmer listened to our music and said,/“it’s got a youth vibe but the youth just can’t relate to your raps./They don’t like marriage ain’t into love, they just into sexing.”/ Me: But it’s so excessive, and you give it no effort,/so what do you expect?/Like every teen that listens to rap relates to the trap,/and to the strip club and strippers, who/introduced that to the masses? Who introduced/them to crack and pimps and gangs and gats?/Was it radio programmers like you and record execs?/PLUS I’m 44 going on 45. We got teens that rely on us not un on them to survive./Some got me feeling to even address this is suicide./So you telling me I gotta kill myself just to live my life?/“Eloi Eloi” - on the microphone, I’m amplified before/I’m crucified zoning in my zone./Since I’ma die, let me electrify! This was never home!/So i will never ever get in line./If you’re with me get in line!

Chorus:

In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line

Bridge

Because it seems that everybody’s happy/being fed what they’re fed they’re filled with being empty./And it seems that nobody’s rebelling. Everybody’s in line.

Some keep telling me, “Kendrick Lamar could be our savior/maybe Justin Bieber could write the hook then Radio will play it./Maybe Miley Cyrus could twerk on it and everyone would go nuts/and then sneak Talib Kweli on the remix for the message touch./Man, that’s what you gotta do, you can’t be true you can’t be real,/you can’t be talking about your self and how you really feel./I thought you knew the deal. It’s suicide, are you BLIND Stevie Wonder?/ Why you take your life?/Just play dumb man take advice!/It’s up to you. You be a fool or be a rich dude, ride in Lamborghini’s, have girls in bikini’s like the rich do,/turn your wrist into an igloo, now the world can envy you,/the poor and rich they’re into you,/just speak truth in interviews thats enough dude!,/MAN, YOU AINT NO SAVIOR NIGGA LET IT GO!/What is this behavior? …you labor on things, you savor it, bravery has no pay to it, you’re not a patriot, just let it go./If we stay in line and play dumb niggers, we’ll make some doe!”

Chorus:

In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line In line


Let’s Go (ft. Daunta)

Let’s Go ooh/no matter which way/Let’s Go ooh what are we waiting for/Let’s Go ooh/you & I with no sense of time/Let’s Go   

In the club & we doing it up/and me and you is in the cut/like the jeans on ya butt/and everybody be like wow, that’s a queen not a slut/and its just how you gets down/keeping things on the up a dude a know a real woman by the things that she does/and by the things that she appreciates, the things that she loves/ & she can spot a little boy by the games that he play/I knew you was one of them women from a mile away/it’s like/we knew each forever the things that we talked about/looking into each other eyes as we walking about/Downtown Atlanta I'm realizing is coming up/it’s 4 am and people turning up til the sun is up/ fun is up, you said you gotta work in two hours/time enough to shower, change clothes you know how it goes/then you looked at me and said breakfast  you know how it flows/off to your house I suppose/

Let’s Go ooh/no matter which way/Let’s Go ooh/what are we waiting for/Let’s Go ooh/you & I with no sense of time/Let’s Go 

We didn’t sleep together we didn’t even kiss lips/but we made love believe me it was intimate/and it made sense believe me its da increments/that ultimately creshendos like an instrument/opposite of 50 cent I’m into making love/I’m into feeling passion, not into push and shove/not into showing off, I’m more into showing up/I’m into getting things going when the goings tuff/the dude that says he knows it all - don’t really know enough/i know enough about you to know i know enough/nothing to prove baby proof is in the pudding/And I'm Top chef/  in privacy, ya centered ya hips never lied to me/you shoot it from the hip, full clip/gang starring me/even Ayesha Curry would praise that anatomy/black twitter you could wear a burqa, you can cover/people say that you’re the truth

This is part two of the common joint whew.

Like water coming thru cracks in the wall it's like/We take the shape of what ever it takes in life/When I look in the mirror the greatness and the insight/I see an MC that has never forsaken the mic/Aiiight feeling my energy - feeling my vibe/Instead of appeal to the paper - appeal to my cries./And to generalize, God provided me riches/To be anti-self is just the same as snitching./Listen whenever this group mentions the kitchen/It's really referring to fish, or veggies or chicken/Or maybe some music infusing our version of hot/a main ingredient almost the first in the pot/Not - a lot of groups can claim the same/Our claim to fame ain't stereotypical thangs/It ain't chains, and rangs or women we bang/ Instead we bang JOY & LOVE to reciprocal pains/Hey!

Let’s Go ooh/no matter which way/Let’s Go ooh/what are we waiting for/Let’s Go ooh/you & I with no sense of time/Let’s Go


Out To The World (ft. Toy Matthew)

Love is in the air tonight (Ah Yo Ah Yo)/the energy inside gives me life hey (Ah Yo Ah Yo)/and this goes out to the world/everyone in the world/ to everyone in the world/to you & You/and this goes out to the world/everyone in the world/to everyone in the world/to you & You

Pump it pump it Mash it up

They taking arts out of the school because the budget ain’t enough/only reason i travel the world is cuz music affords/me such/how many young teens is getting bullied by a bully/take their own life because they don’t know they/own life fully/living out a suitcase filling up my duffle bag/3 star hotels with 5 star bubble baths/6 star experiences 7 star fun & laughs/8 star memories and 10 star wife and band/it feels sinful how a Christian can live life this well/my wife has got the hottest body this side of hell/those that ain’t traveled think the hod is they world/Trayvon was shot by a guy who thought a hood was/the world c’mon

Love is in the air tonight (Ah Yo Ah Yo)/the energy inside gives me life hey (Ah Yo Ah Yo)/and this goes out to the world/everyone in the world/ to everyone in the world/to you & You/and this goes out to the world/everyone in the world/to everyone in the world/to you & You

Pump it pump it Mash it up

Please Mr. and Mrs. world look at all the boys and girls of the U of America/when you judge our character/use the merit of us regular folks on the bus/regular dudes on the block/regular people I kid you not/we ain’t the hypocrites, leaders and the politics/even the soldiers following orders of rich folks who will never be slaughtered/they are opposites man them soldiers are just kids/i love the U.S. madly but some call me Nigger/here so I got to go/go another way/going to directly to you hear me loud here i say/I love you all/u.n.i.t.y unity Queen Latifah brought that out we gonna bring it back today

Love is in the air tonight (Ah Yo Ah Yo)/the energy inside gives me life hey (Ah Yo Ah Yo)/and this goes out to the world/everyone in the world/ to everyone in the world/to you & You/and this goes out to the world/everyone in the world/to everyone in the world/to you & You

Pump it pump it Mash it up

There’s gotta be a way to bring a better change/(calling out to the world)/Free your mind break the chains/(Now put your hands in the air)/
So let dem talk talk/we won’t stop stop/and if dey block block/den half to walk walk/Cuz we are making it happen/so put your hands in the air if you’re with me

and this goes out to the world/everyone in the world/to everyone in the world/to you & You/and this goes out to the world/everyone in the world/to everyone in the world/to you & You/

Pump it pump it Mash it up


We Rolling (ft. khao Cates)

I don’t really care about your past things/I just wanna be the man you’re rolling with now/I proved it by the ring that’s on your finger babe/I just wanna be the man you’re rolling with now/We Rolling/We Rolling/We Rolling/We Rolling/We Rolling/We Rolling/We Rolling/We Rolling/We Rolling/We Rolling/We Rolling/We Rolling

(Speech)

I can feel it y’all (hey) I can feel it man/I got the best thing and you’re a witness that it is/happening so ladies and gentlemen, the maid of honors and/the best man/my maid of honor is this girl right here and she has/chosen the best man/and we’re investing in the future/what a serious blow to Lucifer/what a serious blow to all the statistics that are so/sadistic and seduced us/demons y’all can let loose of us/free from one nighters skewed with lust/free to leave it all in the dust/we leave it all/there’s no regrets at all/its just the two of us/Hooray its just the two of us/Hooray/It’s always been the picture we painted for ourself/and only us can ruin us/so lets get this ceremony going and them I do’s a flowing/I ain’t got no doubts right here and she ain’t no/doubts we rolling

I don’t really care about your past things/I just wanna be the man you’re rolling with now/I proved it by the ring that’s on your finger babe/I just wanna be the man you’re rolling with now/We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling

(Speech)

We gonna be in a museum/a black couple that got married in these times/marriage, love..it gets no shine/one night stands however? PRIMETIME/on wax on radio and on-line. We’re always shown/like we’re asinine/We all know that’s it’s by design,/so we’re inclined to rebel in kind (Uh Huh)/They’ve BEEN outta line, meanwhile we up in here/doing fine meanwhile y’all know that I am a lion and my girls a lioness/rolling with the pride/we fly cuz we fly/when we land we drive/we got drive and we can and we will survive/now take that nay-sayers alright/y’all at the wedding, i don’t really know why/maybe I do you are here just to pry/that’s cool, learn a lesson while you at it, how we/did it so emphatic/ and we’re rolling do or die/me and my Misses is the bride/I’m now the groom, you missed your time/most people here, here to celebrate tonight/with the two of us/Hooray its just the two of us/Hooray It’s always been the picture we painted for ourself/and only us can ruin us/so lets get this ceremony going and them I do’s a/flowing I ain’t got no doubts right here and she ain’t no/doubts we rolling

I don’t really care about your past things/I just wanna be the man you’re rolling with now I proved it by the ring that’s on your finger babe I just wanna be the man you’re rolling with now We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling We Rolling/Toast Hooray


Suit Up (ft.Daunta)

(Daunta)

yea baby I been thinking I should take you out show/you off girl like a new ride. Yea baby it's the weekend,/tomorrow we can sleep in so let's make it last all night./Oh, Maybe we can do a little two step Imma try not/to hurt myself (because tonight girl it's our night)./We stepping out, whip already gassed up/we painting the town with both of our hands up./We keeping it mild, keeping the burner on the simmer,/let you know when we can turn the heat up./ETA say we on schedule swag looking/all perpetual (because tonight girl it's out night)

Chorus:

oh I got my button up pressed out turn up./Imma get my two step on let's go suit up./Oh I got my button up pressed out (because tonight girl it's our night) suit up.

(Speech)

Suit up Root up/Do it up Do it up/Who da Man in here my dear?/clear I won’t shoot up/Cool enough/to be ruling stuff/in my own universe/my bullet proof vest is I’m blessed what could you do/to us?/what could you do to anything when I’m leading with love?/leading us out of oppression that is deleting our trust/even if were just dancing I’m still beating the drum/always helping us to keep rhythms like a percussionist/ girl you dancing and i love it/confidence on 10 be about it be above it fine/let the man covet/as long as he don’t rub it we don’t discuss it/my streets are gold whats a nugget/he wants a drop what i got is like buckets/it is not lucks its blessing evervesent substance/and I’m destined to be fresh no less than the very best in/Louie with African accents suited up

Chorus:

oh I got my button up pressed out turn up./Imma get my two step on let's go suit up/Oh I got my button up pressed out (because tonight girl it's our night) suit up.

(Daunta)

Bridge: Girl, we finally made it out to the dance floor/And gon' tear it up girl./So tell the Dj keep it coming, yea just keep it coming and imma keep on stepping on to the morning./Im letting all the pressures of the week go./Im leaving it out on this dance floor./I could be anywhere right now but im glad im with you./So lets do it again next weekend.

Chorus:

oh I got my button up pressed out turn up./Imma get my two step on let's go suit up./Oh I got my button up pressed out (because tonight girl it's our night) suit up.

(1 Love)

It started when i met her at a house party/I’m sipping something that Dj bumping that/Terrance Darby she walked in hair down like Diana ross yeah/and a body like Kate Moss/hold up its 1 love in a 5 piecer/i only wore it one time that was last Easter/greet her with a rose I suppose/he gone cut a rug I hope I don’t step on all of her toes/in these hard bottoms/she’s wearing heel nothing less/her sex appeal is perfectionist/ she’s in a J crews summer dress/look at my baby man she’s so Michelle Obama fresh/yeah she was looking for the right man/i was used to finding love on a mic stand/now her pictures on my night stand/see i knew she was the one by the way that she slow danced.

Chorus:

oh I got my button up pressed out turn up/Imma get my two step on let's go suit up/Oh I got my button up pressed out (because tonight girl it's our night) suit up.


Trauma

Always stopped by the police/Treated like a foreign enemy/Invisible barriers segregated areas/Deep seated anger, spoon fed hatred/ Walking time bombs up in my slums/No respect is given so dudes taken some!/400 years of we shall overcome/It's no wonder that many brothers have been overcame/Beast, animals in the streets/at the crock pot turning up the darn heat/Deferred wishes, hood with no assistance/Girls become women - women become bitches/

Broke Men with young boy fixes/Becoming dependent on a evil system/At least 150 revolts planned/but all were squelched by some blacks snitches.

Chorus:

Trauma/Trauma/Living everyday in Trauma/Trauma/What ever you say to me/You don’t know you don’t know you don’t know/What ever you think you know about me/You don’t know you don’t know you don’t know/Whatever they say about in the papers/You don’t know you don’t know you don’t know/What ever they say is really truth/You don’t know you don’t know you don’t know

America home of the free/Except that didn't include me/Exceptionalism - to describe this system/The truly exceptional are the ones resisting!/Middle passage millions transition/ Those that arrive wish they'd died swimming/To survive Africans killed the pride within em/Now millions wanna ask us where is our pride?/Trauma - how can I begin to describe/What it feels like to be dead alive/And everything time we strived and we still strive/Self-sufficiency for us is to them a crime/Black Wall Street - Rosewood huh/Bill Cosby and Michael Jackson huh/Cops buy burgers for white mass murderers/hardly any protection nor anyone that’s serving us

Chorus:

Trauma Trauma Living everyday in Trauma/Trauma/What ever you say to me You don’t know you don’t know you don’t know/What ever you think you know about me You don’t know you don’t know you don’t know/Whatever they say about in the papers/You don’t know you don’t know you don’t know/Whatever they say is really truth You don’t know you don’t know you don’t know

(Daunta) Bridge:

Swahili " Upendo na Umoja"" Upendo na Umoja" " Upendo na Umoja" (love and unity), "Kuacha Chuki" (stop the hate)

(1 Love)

I was born on the wrong side of justice/imitate this but you can’t touch this/like Hammer if you famous and you make mistakes/when you Black then your people feel the same/fate/set back cuz the one on the top dropped/Black on Black crime when will it ever stop/kinda hard putting the blame on the Police/when we’re killing more of us than the Police

Chorus:

Trauma Trauma Living everyday in Trauma Trauma


Up

La di da da da da

Let’s keep it up/gotta get up from where we started/the only way is up/can’t go back to where started/ooh let’s keep it up/only only way is up there!/Up Up Up Up/We going up now and we can’t stop/We going up now and we can’t stop/We going up now and we don’t stop/We going up now and we can’t stop/Daddy wake up wake up daddy…

Let’s keep it up/gotta get up from where we started/the only way is up/can’t go back to where started/ooh let’s keep it up/only only way is up there!

You know I’m living like an Elitist/and I’m sweet like a Resees but/seeing friends lives man/they crumbling to pieces/I’m not, I’m not, I’m not happy bout it/they know that I was on the path with em just a second ago,/we were inseparable and then I dropped out it/I wish they’d follow the same path as me/what used to be F’ed up is now just UP/in everyday I’m defying the gravity/and i’m flying like a bird and I used to be on the curb/chilling are around the way and had them babies/on the way/had them ladies with the purse open begging for the pay/cuz they had the open legs and/roads to abortions courtesy of me/I used to be sleep now I’m so UP/i’m so full of paper, I’m so loose leaf/Ooo La La Ahh Wee I said Muhammed Ali/Yo I made the upper Cut but on the Up & Up/I got much further to go to where my doe is up enough./ c’mon

Let’s keep it up/gotta get up from where we started/the only way is up/can’t go back to where started/ooh let’s keep it up/only only way is up there!

Up like Up up and away/yo they looking in the sky, it’s a bird its a plane/AD came in this game and said it’s not a game at all/we not into gangs at all, and we not into fame at all/made our own lane y’all grown and up inside a mall/when you gonna grow up and really own up to it all/i used to be just a rebel without a cause/breaking so many laws with my mind down in my drawers/snow I’m raising two kids I’m defined by the call/like a car my engine too rev’ed up to stall/some trying to hard to be down BUT/they can’t hold up so we moving on up/they calling us uppity like we up cuz of luck/they don’t understand getting the weight off they stuck/who in here’s down with getting on up/my people are down so I can never shut up/for those up to it it’s all up to us/to reach back to the lower class and make em upper crust

Let’s keep it up/gotta get up from where we started/the only way is up/can’t go back to where started/ooh let’s keep it up/only only way is up there!

Up Up Up Up We going up now and we can’t stop We going up now and we can’t stop We going up now and we don’t stop We going up now and we can’t stop


Weight (Off My Back)

Don’t you put more weight on my back no no oooo

Don’t you put more weight on my back no no/get your junk off my back/I already had more weight than I could hold/get your junk off my back/ I tried to be a friend to you/but you wouldn’t listen/and I tried to do what I could do (hey)/You wouldn’t let me through (hey)/Don’t you put more weight on my back no no/get your junk off my back

I took you in my dear friend/I gave you all I had/opportunities prior to me they were not in your past/like I’m your dad and I am not/and what is sad is you must of forgot/don’t you see I got two kids of my own and a home/with a big ole lawn/plus a job that takes me far away rolling more than the stones/i’m holding more than my own/protecting more than my zone/injecting wisdom from my own realisms/mistakes I’ve blown it/tried to warn you dog gone it/you wouldn’t listen ignored it/cost of sin was so high you could not afford it/distorted is your vision in court they making/decisions for you prided yourself in your freedoms now in prison/they board you poor you/you do what you wanna do then you get stuck and/expect others to always pull you through/what’s worse you drag my name through the mud/amongst our whole crew/yet God don’t ugly so i still grew what about you?

Don’t you put more weight on my back no no/get your junk off my back/I already had more weight than I could hold/get your junk off my back/ I tried to be a friend to you/but you wouldn’t listen/and I tried to do what I could do (hey)/You wouldn’t let me through (hey)/Don’t you put more weight on my back no no get your junk off my back/Ok, Mr. Filled with drama you wearing us all out/talking Obama you say he’s the Anti-Christ/(Happens to be a black leader) of course he’s evil and a beat to you/yet you preaching Jesus and the biggest Jesus rule is/to love your enemies too/and you really think you gonna friend to me?/When you see the pride in every African-American/eyes to have our black president/you say he’s socialist as bad as hitler, man you know that’s arrogant/atrocious and you can’t see how you sound just like a Aryan?/ you bogus! Why you wanting me to hang around around?/sometimes I feel my neck for rope threads/you wish I had a noose around my neck man this is hopeless/our water cooler talks are without focus now I know/this so I’m rolling I let our boundaries get broken/and i’m cooling off our hot talks/you try to stir me up I stir my coffee walk off!/You try to blur it up, provoke me so I mouth off/but no sir, I need this job to pay my house off./Hidie ho.

Don’t you put more weight on my back no no/get your junk off my back/I already had more weight than I could hold/get your junk off my back/ I tried to be a friend to you/but you wouldn’t listen/and I tried to do what I could do (hey)/You wouldn’t let me through (hey)/Don’t you put more weight on my back no no/get your junk off my back/

ITS 1LOVE BOI, I STAND OUT/I CAN TELL YOU WHAT JAPAN BOUT/OH, IM YOU'RE BEST FRIEND NOW/CAUSE FRESH IDEAS, YOU DON RAN OUT/SEE WE WERE TIGHT LIKE RUN AND D/WE SHARED IDEAS EXCLUSIVELY/BUT IT ENDED WHEN YOU DECIDED TO USE MY PLANS/ WITHOUT INCLUDING ME/OH' I SEE WHAT IT IS, NOT PERSONAL ITS JUST THE BIZ/WE SHOULD'VE BEEN THE BEST OF FRIENDS/NOW YOU DONT CARE IF I SLIT MY WRIST/JUST US TWO WHEN I HIT/THAT LICK FOLKS SHOWED UP AND ON ME YOU SNITCH/YEA I GOT AWAY THAT DAY, BUT DEALIN WIT YOU MAN I BOUND TO GET LOCKED UP/QUICK WATCH ME THOUGH AS I FLIP THAT SWITCH IGNORE HATE/ UPGRADE MY CLIQUE SPIT SO SICK OVER TRACKS LIKE THIS/WHEN THEY WANT THE REALNESS THEY KNOW WHO TO COME GET/I DON DID ALL I CAN DO/WE WERE A TEAM BUT YOU HAD TO DO YOU NOW IM WIT A.D.,/YOU GOTTA FALL THROUGH CAUSE YOU DONT HAVE A CLUE/YEA 1LOVE IS MY NAME, SHOW ME SOME RESPECT THOUGH IM AN O.G. IN THIS GAME/AND ITS A SHAME HOW YOU DISECT MY FLOW PLEXICO/HE POPPED HIMSELF, MAYBE YOU SHOULD COPY THAT/RACKS ON RACKS, IM FULL TO THE MAX MAN DONT YOU PUT MORE WEIGHT ON MY BACK


I Don’t See You At The Club (Ft. Veselino Jazz Project)

(Intro)

Yo, are y'all even still doing anything, cause I don't hear y'all, see y'all in these streets We're always up in the streets. That's where we be at. We be in the streets Nah, nah, I mean like, is anybody feeling y'all? I think so. If they're smart I don't even know what to say to y'all. I don't-- I don't-- you know--

(Verse 1)

Got the pear trees faking like a dogwood/And thunderstorms in the springtime/it's all good/And rappers killing it in the club, but can we brag now?/Now Black lives just had to die to get a flag down/And my rap is up the map in southside Atlanta/Was just a cell [?] 50 years march in Alabama/Was just at Columbus, Ohio teaching little kids South/southwest are teaching sampling/Now gynecologists will do a lot of interviews/ And are making some nice figures like a gym will do/And like Sandra Bland, my band be changing lanes/Without a signal at all, now you want us to hang?/You know some things are substantial whether or not financial/And playing us with the other stuff way up on the mantle/So don't try to adjust your radio, don't change your channel/We're taking down the glittering lights and just light a candle

(Hook)

He said, "I don't see you at the club"/I said, "I don't see you at the bank"/People gotta live their life and do their thing/Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me/ He said, "I don't see you at the club"/I said, "I don't see you at the bank"/People gotta live their life and do their thing/ Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me/He said, "I don't see you at the club"/I said, "I don't see you at the bank"/People gotta live their life and do their thing/Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me/Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me/Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me/Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me

(Interlude) I mean is anybody checking for Arrested Development?

(Verse 2)

Yeah, I'm seeing marriages dying just like miscarriages/We've been at it 2-0 years changing the narrative/Fathered 2 by 2 kids, plus to add to my parody/We took on a teen in a desperate need of a family/He was jacking cars and some other type of insanity/Playing the role like media says, "This is humanity"/Blacks is getting smoked with police taking the toke/They hate it when we do stand up, and yet they like a joke/The people losing hope to where most of them don't vote/And rap has turned into trap, and dope really means dope I try not to be someone I don't know/Look into a mirror, is it friend or is it foe?/Or is it both?/Should I swim or should I float?/Should I blend in within the scene that fits me most?/Should I live life, try to fight for what I know? What I know is that my real life starts after the show

(Hook)

He said, "I don't see you at the club" I said, "I don't see you at the bank" People gotta live their life and do their thing Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me He said, "I don't see you at the club" I said, "I don't see you at the bank" People gotta live their life and do their thing Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me

(Verse 3)

inally consoling from years of mine that was stolen/A sea of creativity coming just like an ocean/I'm falling in love with music as if I drank a potion/My rhyming and my producing has never been more potent/I've overcome my challenge and life has been more in balance/And people want to judge me on everything but my talent/They're saying that I'm old like it's something I can't control/Aging is part of the package deal of having a soul/And what do we know?/All you gots to do is play the role/Of living life and just breathing, lines start to recede n'/Things you start to believe in,/[?] that you seeing Regardless of your hue/it's just common to human beings/You tell me that using strength is wasted on the young/And that everything that you have been in has been wasted on some fun/But I believe that I can have fun until I'm deceased/ Just please play this song in the clubs and in the streets I'm out

(Hook)

He said, "I don't see you at the club" I said, "I don't see you at the bank" People gotta live their life and do their thing Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me He said, "I don't see you at the club" I said, "I don't see you at the bank" People gotta live their life and do their thing Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me Let me live, let me breathe, let me be me